When teaching Wade, however, I've learned that when all else fails, I need to write the directions.
We can tell him something over and over, but sometimes it just doesn't seem to sink in unless he sees it written out.
For instance, he's very good about getting up by himself in the morning (early!), dressing himself, and putting his p.j.'s away. But for a long time he would forget to take himself to the bathroom until he was doing the Barely Holding It In Dance. Reminders didn't seem to do any good even though he could dutifully repeat them back to me.
But then I had an idea. Every evening when I laid out his clothes, I put a note on top that said: "First go potty. Then get dressed."
Voila! It has worked like a charm!
Now when I lay out his clothes, he is religious about putting the sign on top.
Cutting with scissors has also been a difficult skill to perfect. The last several months though we've been listening to classical music while he cuts and he is doing much better with attending to task and cutting a variety of shapes. Whether the music is calming to him or whether it just provides a pleasant distraction to a tedious task, I don't know. But it always has to be Beethoven.
Me: Oh, come on. How about some Chopin or Mozart today?
Wade: No, Beethoven!
So Beethoven it is.
I think we're entering a new era in the Cutting with Scissors department (not to be confused with Running with Scissors). Two times recently he's been quietly busy all by himself in the morning Cutting Things Out.
This time it was his Go Potty First sign all cut out and arranged nicely on top of a pile of four shirts.
We hope this fervor won't digress into Cutting Up Valuable Documents Left Unattended.
And lately, he's been packing a bag every morning in hopes that he will get to stay overnight at Grandma's house. He remembered p.j.'s, glasses, shoes, socks, shirt, pants, toothbrush and toothpaste, and the First Go Potty sign! But he forgot to put in any underwear.
That must be why Chris found him that evening dancing outside his bedroom door wearing his pajamas and three pair of his brother's underwear.
And that's all I've got to say about that.